The main thing that separates Top Hand Western Shop from any of our close competitors is that we individually purchase our own saddle trees (the basic component). This isn’t an idea that we created but it is a principle we have returned to, to ensure we know what fit (dimension, angle and rocker) go into our saddles. We’ll share that knowledge, expertise and experience with you to help you select what is best for your horse and your ride.
We’re excited about incorporating Dennis Lane’s system of fitting horses into our program to make the customer better able to ‘see’ where a saddle fits. (Relying less on someone’s opinion that may or may not have a factual base.)
We use our 45 years of experience and listen to what people want in different disciplines to ensure our saddles meet their requirements.
To make our saddles more understandable we call them 3 Star, 4 Star and 5 Star
3 Star *** saddles have rawhide covered life time guaranteed trees, top quality skirting leather (natural, chestnut or brown)
These saddles have Borg lining, Blevins quick change buckles, and hand stitched horn and cantle bindings and a variety of stamping or tooling patterns.
4 Star **** saddles have rawhide covered life time guaranteed trees. Herman Oak or Wickett and Craig skirting. (natural , chestnut or brown) The saddle skirts are lined with Borg and have Blevins quick change with Oregon twist stirrups, hand sewn horns and cantle bindings and a variety of stamping and tool patterns.
5 Star ***** saddles have rawhide or fiberglass trees with life time guarantees. We use only Herman Oak or Wickett and Craig skirtings on these saddles. Saddles are lined with real wool and have Blevins Buckles and Oregon twist stirrups. We line all back jockeys cinch hangers and latigo hangers. We use more exotic leathers on the padded seats in 5 Star saddles. (Ostrich, Camin, and Water Buffalo)
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